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MPA in Homeland Security

Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration with a Homeland Security Specialization is designed to teach students advanced concepts in public service, public safety, and organizational management. See more about this MPA program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration with a Homeland Security Specialization

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

People with an interest in the Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Specialization program at NCU should have a desire to serve the public. Strong research skills and an interest in crime, terrorism, and security are also helpful. Applicants to any Northcentral University graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Northcentral University designed this Master of Public Administration program to give students a deep understanding of the ways in which public institutions run. The curriculum is designed to help students gain practical skills in program management, public budgeting, and the processes of instituting public policy. Coursework also focuses on theories and principles of organizational behavior and the government role in serving the public interest. The Homeland Security Specialization goes hand in hand with the core MPA courses, giving students the opportunity to learn about terrorism and crime, and the ways in which public institutions can work to prevent them.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Specialization:

The 36 hours required to graduate from this program are divided into 27 credit hours in core course (including a senior research capstone project) and nine additional credit hours in the Homeland Security Specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (27 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Government and the Public Interest
  • Public Sector Human Resources Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Quality Management in Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Capstone Seminar

Specialization Requirements (9 credits)

  • Students choose three courses from the following:
    • Introduction to Homeland Security
    • Homeland Security Transportation
    • International Crime and Terrorism
    • Homeland Security Risk Management
    • Maritime Terrorism

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they've completed this Master of Public Administration with a Homeland Security Specialization at NCU, students could choose to deepen their understanding of the field by pursuing a degree at the doctoral level. Doing so might give them the chance to find more advanced positions in public service, law enforcement, or teaching. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration - Homeland Security Leadership And Policy Specialization
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management

Career Paths:

With the MPA program and Homeland Security Specialization at NCU, students could graduate with a broad understanding of public service, public safety, and risk management. Graduates of this program might look for senior executive positions in terrorism prevention or disaster management. These are some positions graduates might gravitate to:

  • Government program coordinator
  • Manager of a government agency
  • Director of a local government office
  • Operations manager
  • Public service director

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